I find some of this a bit hypocritical but interesting nonetheless.

It all started when I came across this article:

Microsoft teams with Google in name of privacy • The Register

(I wasn't aware there were any federal laws mandating that Google/MS keep certain things for that long--in other words Google and MS CHOOSE to keep the specified data and for that long)

This next article seems to support the above statement:

Microsoft finally cuts Bing data retention time to six months • The Register

Then I stumbled across this:

Google's IP anonymization fails to anonymize • The Register

coupled by this:

Buzzed Gmail outs Googly ties of Obama's deputy CTO • The Register

and my favorite:

Google chief: Only miscreants worry about net privacy • The Register

I will now ponder.